Narcotics anonymous is the longest-running and most popular addiction support groups within the UK and is similar in the model which has been designed by Alcoholics Anonymous. The success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics Anonymous. NA provides the support needed by people who are looking forward to recovering or making an attempt to recover from an addiction of drugs other than just alcohol. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. It does not matter the type of drug you are addicted to as all people are welcomed to this group. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What To Anticipate From An Na Meeting
The first time doing anything is always unsettling, but be encouraged, everyone you'll meet at an NA meeting has been or is where you are right now. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.
People will be sharing their life stories and challenges that they encounter while recovering in the discussion meetings. In case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. During the discussions, members speak one at a time and are asked to refrain from commenting on another person. Such conversations take place during breaks or after the meeting is ended.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. What is meant by higher power is a set of guiding moral values and strength, which has nothing to do with any religion.
Some Terminology for Your First Meeting The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:
It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
Group (Support Group, Recovery Group)
Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
Information pamphlets about NA.
People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
When any lapse in the recovery results in a brief or an extended return to drug use.
Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
Members who have service positions in NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "closed." Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. Closed meetings are for the members only.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. Before making a final decision which group to subscribe to, it is a good idea to attend a couple of different ones at first to see which one fits you best.
The 12 Steps Of Na
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
There Is Strength In Numbers
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. NA is a congregation of recovering addicts who take care of their own meetings and provide a welcoming environment of help and healing for newcomers.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. A sponsor helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.
Acquiring A Narcotics Anonymous Group
Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? There are over 61,000 groups holding meetings weekly all over the world; there will be one that will be the perfect fit for you. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 772 3971 today.